So You Slept in Your Makeup — Now What? Reddit Users Share Their Hacks!
If you love skin care, waking up to a face full of old makeup from the night before can feel worse than a hangover. While your nighttime routine probably includes multiple steps, really only one is the most important — removing your makeup.
But sometimes, a late (or tipsy!) night leads to early morning regrets. When you forget to take off your makeup (happens to the best of us), you might feel like a total swamp monster. Luckily, stained pillows don't have to dampen your day, because damage control exists for a reason.
While we don't recommend turning to these tips every single morning (clean your damn face, people!), we found a few suggestions on Reddit for dealing with your (cosmetic) morning after.
Think of this as the beauty junkie's equivalent to leaving a glass of water by your bed right before leaving for a party. It's always nice to give future you a little present, so Redditor Khaosbutterfly suggests predicting the one night you might not get to take your makeup off and planning accordingly.
Instead of slathering on a full face, opt for a light BB cream that won't clog things up the way a heavy foundation would. Of course, this is not the ideal solution, so read on for how to actually get your sh*t together.
First things first: remove your old makeup! But a simple face wipe isn't going to do the trick (those only work before you go to sleep). Many people on Reddit admit that there's nothing wrong with beginning your routine with a wipe, but you're probably going to have to double cleanse.
According to user xylenekara, you should double cleanse, and be sure to give yourself a little face massage during the second wash. This kick-starts your new blood flow and reduces skin puffiness.
Tone It Down
Toner's job is twofold: first, you can use it as a spot treatment to remove that stray mascara or eyeliner scrub. And since double cleansing is tough on your skin, opt for a soothing, alcohol-free toner like Kiehl's Cucumber Herbal Toner ($16).
Pumpkin Spice Can Help!
Good news for Fall fanatics — as noticed by Reddit user bbbebee, many pumpkin peels contain AHA. Since this chemical compound is found in tons of antiaging creams and skin-tightening serums, you probably already have it in your beauty arsenal.
This natural exfoliant pulls up dead surface cells, including all that gunk and goo left from caked makeup. It's a tough ingredient, which makes it ideal when used sparingly. Since AHAs can be drying, we love the compound when it's paired with a hydrating pumpkin puree, like in this Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask ($15).
Get Thee to a Face Mask
Just about every single Redditor suggests applying a face mask after cleansing, but it's the difference in their go-to product that's most interesting. For instance, one user recommends an antioxidant mask like Pacifica's Cocoa Rush Anti-Fatigue Mask ($15), which plumps and energizes skin. Due to this mask's hydrating properties, it obviously works on those who are prone to dry skin.
But that doesn't mean it's a catch-all: those who are acne-prone should reach for an oil-reducer such as Algenist Perfect Clarifying Pore Corrector Mask ($39). We love this mask because it contains alguronic acid, which means you can actually feel your greasy goop come up for air as it's extracted from your face. Science! But not optimal for those with dry flakes.
Because these masks treat different concerns, be sure to read your problem spots as soon as you can wake up. You don't want your recovery day to lead to more problems.
Self-Induce a #NoMakeupChallenge
We know, we know, you'd rather go topless than barefaced, but hear us out. Since sleeping in your makeup builds up grime, slathering more over your face won't help clean it up. If your day involves an important meeting, a clown convention, or any other event that means you must wear makeup, Reddit user xylenekara encourages waiting to apply your face until after your treatments have completely sunk in. If you have extra wet residue left from your products, blot it down with a cotton wipe dipped in toner.